In may, our ancient ancestors all over Europe widely and lavishly celebrated the Spring. Living on solar and lunar cycles, the ancient Russians and other Slavs, and Celts, Germans and other nationalities at this time performing rituals for the fertility of land, bringing the cattle to summer pastures and festivities celebrating the arrival of this heat. Read about Spirit day, a Day of Spring, Walpurgis night, Beltane and other ancient folk festivals may
Spring day in may, celebrated almost everywhere in Europe and Asia. It’s spirit day, the Slavs, the festival of Flora in ancient Rome, the Walpurgis night and may day the German and Scandinavian tribes, Beltain Celtic peoples, Nowruz in Iran. In the pagan calendar based on solar and lunar cycles, the may festivals were at the midpoint between the vernal equinox (20-21 March) and summer solstice (June 21) .
Spirit day (Rosalina) – the ancient Russian holiday
Main Russian and East Slavic ancient folk festivals the summer fell at the end of may (later than in Central and southern Europe) and, of course, were tied to the land and its fertility. In spirit day (Rosalina, Mermaid, Mermaids) Continue reading
On 21 June of the lunar calendar is marked as the Day of summer solstice. An older name for this holiday is: a Celebration of the summer solstice.
In the pagan culture of our ancestors this holiday had its own traditions and methods of celebrating. They are very interesting and unique. In the pagan calendar of the Slavs this holiday was dedicated to the sun God – the Yarila. To prepare for the morning. Girls wore their best clothes, and adorned themselves with herbs and flowers. Herbs was given the value of the amulets from the dark and evil forces. The most popular were wormwood, St. John’s wort, nettle. They were fastened at the waist.
The guys were busy with another case. They were looking suitable for the size of the tree. It could be birch, willow, chernoklena. Then set it not the place where planned holding of festivals. The girls decorated the tree with scraps of fabric and colors. Called this tree is madder or Midsummer. At the foot of the tree set the image Yarila. They served the doll, the growth in half person. Its made of straw, clay and twigs.
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In the past people lived in unity with nature. The changing seasons affect the way of life and was the basis of the mystical (religious) rituals – holidays.
Major holidays all ancient peoples were: the arrival of winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Four of these days are the days of solstice and equinox, the astronomical beginnings of the seasons.
These days were the basic points of the calendar Year. These days preparing the program for the entire season. They served as reference points for employment in agriculture, construction and other important matters.
Currently in Russia, the two major religions – pagan and Christian. The Christian religion came later and replaced the pagan. To Christianity has taken root in Russia, new Christian holidays has imposed on pagan. So now a lot of confusion – what’s the origin of that pagan and what is Christian.
To gradually change the people’s belief in their gods and to impose a new religion, it is necessary not only to replace the ancient folk festivals on new (to change the names, titles, to replace the historical events associated with these holidays), but also add your (new) rituals of another religion. Gradually in the minds of people securing new holidays. People Continue reading